tech tips for writers

Tech Tip for Writers #49: The Fifteen Second Slideshow

tech tipsTech Tips for Writers is an (almost) weekly post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

Q:  What’s an easy way to create a digital slideshow that takes no time?

A:  The books we-all write traditionally are words, but that’s changing. With digital interactive books, you can share images of your characters, settings, events. I’ve done that for a book I wrote on paleo-historic man. I saw you glaze over. That’s what I mean. For some topics, it’s hard to visualize the ideas and if you can’t see it in your mind, you probably won’t want to read it. I decided to include images of what my characters look like, where they lived, how they carried out their daily activities.

Sure, you know how to do that in WordPress, but what about Windows? Here’s all you do:

  • Go to the start button
  • Go to Computer in the right column
  • Select the folder with the pictures you want displayed as a slideshow
  • Select Slideshow from the toolbar

If Slideshow doesn’t show up on the toolbar, do the following:

  • Right-click on the folder with the pictures you want displayed as a slideshow
  • Select the last tab–Customize
  • Select Pictures from the drop-down menu
  • Say OK


Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-sixth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman.  She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.comEditorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersIMS tech expert, and a bi-weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a thriller for her agent that should be out to publishers this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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